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Bennett Place

4.7

4409 Bennett Memorial Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 383-4345
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Photo of willy whisman willy whisman
Jul 30, 2019 5

Such a great historical place. Plenty of parking and you can tour at your own pace. Was amazed being here where this event took place.

Photo of Daniel Simmons Daniel Simmons
Aug 17, 2019 5

The visitors center, and outbuildings are great. The visitors center showcases several artifacts from the Civil War Era. My only complaint is that the visitors center does not have any merchandise featuring the Confederate 2nd National, 3rd National, nor the Confederate Battle Flags. This, in my opinion is unacceptable from a State Historic Site of its nature that should be shining the history of The Confederate States in an equal light as it does the United States. History should never be shared in a Politically Correct way!

Photo of Bonnie Robinson Bonnie Robinson
Aug 10, 2019 5

This is a small but incredible piece of Civil War history. For a suggested donation of $2-3/person and flat walking paths, it's a very accessible site to visit. It's not often you get to walk the same path General Sherman took to surrender. I definitely recommend this quick stop while traveling through Durham

Photo of Elle Gilmore Elle Gilmore
Aug 10, 2019 5

Great knowledgeable staff! They have great knowledge to share about Sherman and the conferences. The kitchen was my favorite building since you can go in an experience the kitchen without ropes! The fireplaces on the site are original and amazing. Well worth a visit!

Photo of Lisbeth Bermudez Lisbeth Bermudez
Jun 26, 2019 5

Is an incredibly experience to be on your feet right in the place of History! Excellent place to learn.

Photo of ry An ry An
Jul 1, 2019 5

Cool location that geocaching brought me to. I wouldn't have come otherwise. It was cool to learn the history of the place. A quick in and out, maybe next time I will have time for the store.

Photo of Sue Powers Sue Powers
Mar 11, 2019 4

Very interesting new information about the end of the civil war. I had no idea Johnson and Sherman ended up being lifelong friends. The video is a must see to put this place in proper historic perspective. The grounds are small, so this is a quick tour.

Photo of Paul Gee Paul Gee
Jun 8, 2019 5

To easy to just dive by this place, but I'm so glad we stopped. Free guided tour was fantastic

Photo of Rob Chaloupecky Rob Chaloupecky
Mar 18, 2019 4

Nice exhibits and very interesting film. Very friendly and informative staff. I knew about Appomattox but this place seems to be less famous. The actual building that Sherman and Johnston met is not the original due to a fire (and I couldn't go inside) but it was overall a fun visit.

Photo of Nathaniel Abbott Nathaniel Abbott
Jun 18, 2019 5

Knowledgeable staff and friendly. Did a self-guided tour due to time and enjoyed looking at the history. Highly recommend the audio tour or tour guide, as there's a ton of information to hear.

Photo of Tony Miehle Tony Miehle
Jun 15, 2019 4

Traveling for business, I try to see local sights at the same time. I didn't even know this place existed until my girlfriend pointed it out. I wish we had more time to explore the site, but we were fortunate in that the house and other buildings were open. Well worth the visit, especially if you're a history buff

Photo of Ken Ray (mrkenray) Ken Ray (mrkenray)
Apr 9, 2022 5

A nice little museum with lots to offer in such a small space. Free, suggested donation five dollars. Factual account of the surrender of 90 thousand confederate troops, ending the Civil War. Monument and period buildings. Picnic tables and nature trails. Truly a hidden gem of Durham.

Photo of Dave Clark Dave Clark
Feb 21, 2022 5

Nice, open area that out dogs love to walk around. Interesting history. Beautiful trails. Public picnic area. Closed Sundays and holidays.

Photo of Blake Ray Blake Ray
Mar 4, 2022 5

I had biked past this important site many times, but recently joined a friend visiting from out of town who wanted to see it, and got in on the tour, and saw the museum. The tour guide was excellent, and had a lot of detailed knowledge about the events that took place there, and the surrounding context. The museum, house, and outbuildings all had interesting artifacts and items from the period. There is a museum shop with books and souvenirs available. It was well worth the visit, and I am sure I will go back again soon, and spend more time there.

Photo of Amy Sonder Amy Sonder
Mar 8, 2022 5

The Bennett Place Historic Site is a must visit for locals and tourists alike. The historical significance of the location is not something that is really taught in schools, at least in New York, so it was a very informative visit for me. It was amazing to see so many historical artifacts inside the exhibit and they were different from what was at the History Museum in Raleigh, so I recommend a visit to both places for those interested in history. It has a nice little gift shop with unique items that are all well priced. The outside lawns are well kept and it’s a beautiful place to go for a walk, to bring your dog or even have a picnic. For me, the best thing about it was the worker who was there on the day I went. We spoke for hours about the history of the site as well as the history of North Carolina and the south. It was just a very informative and engaging talk with someone who had a lot of knowledge and was also interested in talking about the history of where I’m from. I could not recommend visiting this place enough and also want to encourage people to engage with the staff and volunteers; you’ll get a lot more out of the experience if you do.

Photo of Zella Cook Zella Cook
Jan 28, 2022 5

We had a wonderful visit to this marvelous place. The two gentleman that were volunteering on Tuesday (1/25/22) were very friendly and so well informed. I believe their names were Bennie and Fred. Visiting here was one of the highlights of our trip from Dayton Ohio to Durham.

Photo of Kimberly Leonhardt Kimberly Leonhardt
Dec 19, 2021 5

Very knowledgeable staff. Donation only visit so everyone can afford the history. Reinactment was so educational.

Photo of Carolyn Roberson Carolyn Roberson
Dec 17, 2021 5

Beautiful grounds and historical site. Peaceful place to learn about local history and enjoy a break outdoors. A neat look back in time!

Photo of marque1313 marque1313
Nov 5, 2021 5

Great park and memorial to the surrender of the Confederate armies of Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Crazy to think that a large portion of the conflict came down to 2 guys sitting in a little farm house. A reminder IMO that we cannot do things such as this again.

Photo of Candlelight Welding Club Candlelight Welding Club
Oct 16, 2021 5

Ralph Wilson was our tour guide and made the experience far better than expected. Very knowledgeable and such an excellent storyteller. He was so good with his audience and he really brought the place the history to life.

Photo of MsJheri Worldwide MsJheri Worldwide
Sep 12, 2021 5

A historic and peaceful place for all. Beautiful park, shady areas, very informational, and friendly staff.

Photo of Cherry Sherouse Cherry Sherouse
Aug 12, 2021 5

Awesome tour guide. Enjoyed the history associated with The Bennett Place. Well preserved and nice gift shop. Friendly Volunteer Staff.

Photo of Jerry D Mason Jerry D Mason
Jul 17, 2021 5

Enjoyed touring the area. Was on my bucket list.The museum was small but the 17 min video is worth watching. Opened up on time. 9:00a.m.

Photo of Layla Borisouth Layla Borisouth
Jun 23, 2021 5

Free. And information. Nature walk trail had a lot of roots sticking out. Be careful walking

Photo of Tracy Sheets Tracy Sheets
Jun 22, 2021 5

Very nice historical park. The host was very accommodating and the film was well done.

Photo of Danette Blackman Danette Blackman
May 15, 2021 5

Amazing place!! So much history! Tour guide was so good, brought the history to life!! Definitely a must see!!

Photo of Michelle Sweetnich Michelle Sweetnich
Apr 3, 2021 5

Amazing place to see, the rich history and tour guide Ralph, was so awesome, can't thank him enough, everyone must come here

Photo of Lori Rose Lori Rose
Mar 16, 2021 5

Very interesting historical site and friendly staff. If you're looking for a souvenir made by NC artisans, they have some very nice items.

Photo of Pratik Bhansali Pratik Bhansali
Jan 16, 2021 4

A very important place historically. The museum and the video documentary is a little more interesting than the place itself.

Photo of Linda Huber Creamer Linda Huber Creamer
Jan 7, 2021 5

Did you know this was where the last surrender of a major Confederate Army? The Agreement between Major Johnson and Col. Sherman was signed in the main house. There is a museum in the visitor center and a 17 minute video to inform you of the significance of the Bennett Place. You can see in each of the buildings. The main house has a sitting area and a bedroom. We couldn’t go up stairs. The kitchen and dining table is in another building. They did this so if the kitchen caught on fire they would still have living quarters. The difference in the size of the fireplaces between the main house and the kitchen made it understandable why they were separate buildings!! The is a guided tour available or you can tour on your own. The gazebo was for a band for parties. We didn’t get to hike the trail. It was a very informative adventure!

Photo of Jessie English Jessie English
Dec 29, 2020 5

We were unable to take a guided tour because only one staff person was on duty, but free pamphlets were available for a self-guided tour, and there were signs posted for a free app audio tour. The app is available for multiple historic sites and was a great addition to our tour. We enjoyed the site very much and the visitor center had quite a few artifacts, signs, and pictures with an abundance of information.We spent about an hour at the site. Suggested donation is $3/adult and it was easily worth that and more!

Photo of William Thompson William Thompson
Nov 7, 2020 5

Loved it.very informative. I am glad to still see these places are still around. The staff was very knowledgeable.

Photo of Tim Risher Tim Risher
Nov 5, 2020 5

Nice place to see a relatively unknown event in American history (which shouldn't be unknown!).

Photo of Daniel Weiner Daniel Weiner
Oct 15, 2020 5

Very interesting historical site. Site of the largest surrender of the civ war. Watch the movie!

Photo of Lester Dixon Lester Dixon
Sep 17, 2020 3

Beautiful place to visit

Photo of Inès Nnoko Inès Nnoko
Sep 25, 2020 4

Great place to hang out with family and friends. They have plenty of sitting areas and a nature trail. Old sites and memorial houses to look at

Photo of Penny Jones Penny Jones
Aug 21, 2020 5

Staff members were very professional,helpful and knowledgeable about this historical site. We were greeted warmly. The entire area is immaculately kept clean. Bathrooms were open and very clean. Plenty of parking and lunch tables to have a lunch at and enjoy the scenery .

Photo of derek elliott derek elliott
Aug 10, 2020 5

Really cool place found on a bike ride.

Photo of PATRICIA TOLLEY PATRICIA TOLLEY
Jul 2, 2020 5

Well kept even during covid pandemic.

Photo of Robert Wilson Robert Wilson
Jun 22, 2020 5

This is a great place to visit and learn about history. There are picnic tables available, so it's a great place to bring a picnic lunch. Also, the historical buildings are wonderful to see. The nature trail is also very nice.I would come when you have time to visit the museum as well, but it is currently closed due to covid-19. However, when it reopens, it's a great place to learn about the historical significance of the site.

Photo of Carol Hullum Carol Hullum
Mar 13, 2020 4

The history was very interesting. The guide was awesome you could tell he truly enjoyed his job. Answered every question and more.

Photo of Elisa Brienza Elisa Brienza
Feb 1, 2020 5

Hidden gem of a historical site in North Carolina. Informative video, cool monument, and great gift shop. So glad we decided to go.

Photo of Rob Huele Rob Huele
Feb 9, 2020 4

The place is interesting a mark in history I'm originally from the North so it was interesting to chat with the staff that runs the show there. Lots of smart people that have a lot of insights. Me and my friend Ron walked around and checked everything out and its authenticity even though it's not original is pretty fun. They were able to get some really old buildings Over the decades to put in place of the ones that either deteriorated or burned down. I do recommend going on a Sunny dry day bring a picnic lunch and chill out under the trees the whole thing is pretty Level terrain .. I would say the places very interesting. Enjoy, namaste Rob

Photo of A Law A Law
Jan 30, 2020 5

Great place for history lovers. See the film. Nice shop. Wonderful Christmas program! The best thing we did this Christmas season.

Photo of Diane Wickles Diane Wickles
Dec 29, 2019 5

This is a beautiful park with great historic value. The museum and gift shop are great and informative. Unfortunately, the day we went (12/28), there was no one to give the tours but we enjoyed walking around on our own.

Photo of B G B G
Mar 19, 2022 5

Always enjoy Bennett Place. We especially enjoy the special events with hands-on activities. Be sure to dress for the weather and be aware it can be very muddy.

Photo of George Carrick George Carrick
Sep 7, 2019 5

Great little piece of history. Place where General's Sherman and Johnston signed surrender terms. The Bennett's lost 2 sons and a Duke son in law during the war. The buildings are not open, but you are able to look into open windows. The movie and museum is pretty cool as well.

Photo of Dawn Tisdale Smith Dawn Tisdale Smith
Oct 20, 2019 5

If you love history, this little site is a must. The young man on staff, sorry can't remember his name, was very informative. They have a tour for a small fee or you can just walk around on your own. This one place not to miss.

Photo of Denise Gorlin Denise Gorlin
Oct 5, 2019 5

Fantastic history. We took the tour and the guide was knowledgeable and a fantastic speaker. The staff created us immediately and answered our questions about preserving historical items I highly recommend a stop at Bennett Place